FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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The Dietary Guidelines: What They Should Have Said

A sustainable approach similar to that of the Dietary Guidelines (DG) original advisory panel recommendations, before it became altered by the food industry and the government should be defined.  If we are successful in improving our food culture for better health and the environment, this approach has to become a reality.  The info-graph says it all at a glance. This past year  91 congressmen and senators who voiced criticism of the DG advisory panel recommendations received over $3 million dollars of donations from the food-related industry.

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Common Sense about the Dietary Guidelines

Since it is still Dietary Guidelines week, a final word from Michael Pollan on how we should use or not use them.  There is lots of common sense and a basic reality on how they are formed in the U.S. However, Brazil has the best!!!  Check them out on a previous post HERE.

There is also a link in the article about Brazil’s Guidelines.

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Welcome: 2015 – 16 Dietary Guidelines?

Public domain photograph of various meats. (Be...

Public domain photograph of various meats. (Beef, pork, chicken.) Source: http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/details.cfm?imageid=2402 (via http://geekphilosopher.com/bkg/foodMeat.htm) Public domain declaration: http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/about.cfm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, they’re finally here!!!  After much discussion, lobbying and criticism, here what is left!  Sustainability and decreased red and processed meats consumption were omitted.  And the rest – just about the same as in 2010 Guidelines.  I think they could have been stronger and more specific, but the Guidelines Advisory Committee suggestions based on science apparently succumbed to pressure from the  government and the food industry.

One thought: There is an interesting graph in the article that clearly shows the meat intake in young (starting at about 14 years) and middle-aged men far exceeds the recommended range. With women, all is within the ranges.  Could there be a lesson there?

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For guidelines around the world, CLICK HERE.

 


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2016 Food Trends?

English: Traditional Taiwanese cuisine: Bamboo...

English: Traditional Taiwanese cuisine: Bamboo filled with rice, vegetables and meat. Deutsch: Traditionelles taiwanesisches Gericht: Mit Reis, Gemüse und Fleisch gefüllter Bambus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These food trends not only feature healthier foods but give us more unique ways to prepare them. Please check them out on Pinterest.  Happy 2016 to all.

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New Food Words of 2015

A near-ending game board, tiles and racks of t...

A near-ending game board, tiles and racks of the magnetic Pocket Scrabble (International, Mattel, Inc.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are a Scrabble player, you will certainly want to be aware of these new words that describe food-related items and topics. My personal favorite would be Wine-O ‘Clock.   Enjoy!!

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A New Take on Food Choices?

English: A McDonald's Big Mac hamburger, as bo...

English: A McDonald’s Big Mac hamburger, as bought in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do we choose  the foods we do?  There are lots of reasons – cost, availability, etc. but most importantly, TASTE! This interesting discussion takes a new tack  – food density.  We have so many food choices loaded with sugar, fat, salt resulting in a palatability factor never experienced before by any populations on the planet.  This article offers us another reason – having too many choices that taste better over others – but these foods come with a cost – our health. Why would you not choose a Big Mac over a bunch of steamed broccoli ?  The author has a theory – processed food!  But how to change it presents some challenges, for sure.

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